August 29, 1995 |
Consumer and environmental groups lashed out yesterday at a major New Jersey electric company that seeks to shrink its energy-conservation programs. But the utility says that, with a glut of cheap energy now available, such conservation programs are no longer cost-effective. Jersey Central Power and Light's proposal could foreshadow similar moves by other utilities in the region also seeking to capitalize on the lure of cheap energy from other parts of the country. Consumers would no longer receive discounts for limiting their use of appliances at peak energy times if the state Board of Public Utilities, which plans to decide on the plan by year's end, approves JCP&L's proposal.
July 14, 2009 |
In their continuing efforts to balance the state budget, the governor and lawmakers are considering eliminating a program designed to help Pennsylvanians make their homes more energy-efficient. Given the need to help citizens through a difficult economy while also addressing climate change, the program should not be facing such a threat. The Keystone Home Energy Loan Program provides the only low-interest loans available to homeowners looking to reduce their monthly utility bills and shrink their carbon footprints.
October 8, 1989 |
John Downey, proprietor of the Silvercrest retirement home in Taunton, Mass., was visiting a friend's house in June. "What's that funny-looking light bulb?" he asked. He was told that it was a new kind of small, energy-efficient fluorescent lamp that uses 18 watts of electricity but puts out as much light as a 75-watt bulb and lasts 13 times longer, up to 10,000 hours. The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant rents the compact "smartlights," which screw into ordinary sockets, to its customers for 20 cents a month.
May 2, 2013 |
How many conservatives does it take to screw in a new lightbulb? More than if it were liberals. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It turns out that they're likely to be put off by the environmental messaging. Which is ubiquitous. Energy efficiency has long been touted as a way to stall climate change. The federal government's Energy Star website promotes energy-efficient products by saying they will "save energy and fight climate change.
March 19, 1989 |
Congress is eyeing a plan to enable home buyers and renters to compare the energy efficiency of homes in an attempt to cut down on the use of fossil fuels that have been blamed for the greenhouse effect. But housing-industry officials say that the proposed numerical rating system would unnecessarily complicate the home-buying process - because utility usage information is readily available - and would raise the cost of buying or renting a home. The building labeling plan is part of broader legislation introduced in February by Sen. Timothy Wirth (D., Colo.
October 29, 2004 |
Energy policy has a profound impact on nearly everything Americans hold important. The right policy can mean job creation, a thriving economy fueled by affordable energy and technological innovation, a cleaner environment, increased security, and a foreign policy liberated from energy dependence. Today, Americans are coping with the repercussions of the wrong national energy policy. Families struggle to pay the rising costs of heating their homes and fueling their cars. Businesses absorb the economic impact of poor electric reliability.
March 9, 2013 |
The benefits of energy efficiency are hitting home. Homes built in the last decade, despite being 30 percent larger than older dwellings, consume only 2 percent more energy on average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The typical home built after 1999 consumed 21 percent less energy for space heating than older homes, according to EIA's most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Improvements in the efficiency of heating equipment and better-insulated building shells accounted for much of the reduction, said James "Chip" Berry, manager of the residential survey, outlined Thursday in an EIA online newsletter.
March 3, 1996 |
Scott Cannon is a history buff, so it didn't surprise his friends when he named his Delaware County development Yorktown 1781, for the decisive American victory of the Revolutionary War. But it's energy efficiency, not history, that's drawing attention to Cannon's houses these days. Yorktown 1781 Developers, of Boothwyn, was one of 15 builders nationwide to receive a 1996 EnergyValue Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. The awards, presented for the first time this year, are designed to recognize builders "who integrate energy efficiency into all aspects of their new-home production - from marketing and construction practices to energy performance," according to Christine Barber, a research center spokeswoman.
September 9, 1990 |
As the crisis in the Persian Gulf intensifies, the absence of a coherent national energy strategy becomes frighteningly evident with each ominous development. Just recently, President Bush called up the military reserves. The President's next step should be to unleash America's greatest - and safest - weapon against our crippling dependence on foreign oil: energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. America's current state of national energy insecurity was at least partially preventable.
April 21, 2013 |
I'm always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption in our house. Every year, we succeed in using less electricity and natural gas than we did the year before, but the bill remains about the same because the cost of generating less seems to increase. Still, I'd much rather be warm or cool and able to see what I'm doing before sunrise and after sunset. U.S. households spend $230 billion annually on energy, not including transportation, and the residential sector accounts for 20 percent of the total energy consumed.